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University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) pres.

UMMA Book Club: Stories from the North

Please join us for a monthly gathering that offers a starting point to discover a variety of narratives pertaining to the cultures of North American Indigenous people featuring the works of Inuit and indigenous authors. We will meet on the third Sunday of each month in the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s exhibition, Reflections: An Ordinary Day. The prints, drawings, and sculptures featured in this exhibition of Inuit art explore the relationship between the artist and the representation of everyday experiences. Each of the four gatherings will present an opportunity to enjoy traditional storytelling as well as discuss books written by contemporary Inuit and Native American authors. Our book club facilitator is Elizabeth James, a Detroit-based Powhatan storyteller and Program Manager at the U-M Department for AfroAmerican and African Studies.​

3rd Sunday of the month at at 3 p.m. 

January 19: The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet by Sheila Watt-Cloutier 

February 16: House Made of Dawn [50th Anniversary Ed]: A Novel (P.S.) Anniversary Edition by N. Scott Momaday 

March 22: Sanaaq:  An Inuit Novel by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk (Author), Peter Frost (Translator)

April 19: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Books will be available for sale in the UMMA Shop. Book Club participants will receive a 10% discount.  

This exhibition is made possible by the Power Family Program for Inuit Art, established in 2018 through the generosity of Philip and Kathy Power.
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